We quit Netflix (yet again) after all we could get “The Batman” and “Nightmare Alley”, two horrible movies, and we *couldn’t* get half a dozen movies we wanted to see (including “Mank”) because the DVDs were “unavailable”. We don’t stream (period).
So Tom set out for our wonderful little local library and took out (for free, for three weeks) DVDs of four movies: The Woman in White, The French Venture, Season 1 of The Nevers, and Series 1 of The House of Eliott
This is a review of the first movie. The other three reviews will follow and with magazine story reviews and recommendations.
The Woman in White” (2018), a five-part miniseries, is based on a century’s old novel by Wilkie Collins. From the back of the DVD: “When Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed in white on a moonlit road in London’s Hampstead Heath, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will change his life forever.”
My take: Change “his” life forever? How about the three women who have their lives changed forever? The drama starts with quick shots of violence toward women (so much for the “immersion” approach by “how-to-write rackets”). The quick shots are very effective and disturbing.
A sister and step-sister have inherited a beautiful old mansion in a countryside and considerable money, but the doddering old uncle controls their inheritance. Along comes an evil suitor who wants to marry the sister and control her wealth and her property.
The love and trust between the sisters are wonderful to see. The evil suitor has a few dark secrets of his own.
Husbands in Britain could commit their wives to “insane asylums” at their convenience. Physicians didn’t understand mental illness and the asylum staffers were sadistic—“the water treatment,” force-feeding, and constraining the inmates into straitjackets. It reminds of me “The Yellow Wallpaper” the classic feminist horror story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a nineteenth century suffragist, about a woman confined to a “lunatic asylum” by her husband and is slowly driven mad.
The State of California was founded as a community property state, in which either spouse, including women, control their separate property—earned or saved or inherited—after marriage. Whew! Thank God I live here. And in a long-standing, happy marriage.
The Woman in White” is a very scary story about how dangerous men’s control of women’s lives and finances were back then. Plot-spoiler: after many twists and turns, the story has a happy ending. Recommended.
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